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On Saturday, December 16, Stratford Hall hosted a seminar concentrating on the medicinal effects of some plants and weeds in the local area. Heather Bedford, practicing herbalist and Virginia Master Naturalist, led the presentation and described her desired outcome from the demonstration: “I…

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer do…

More then 100 runners ranging in age and skill level gathered at Festival Halle in Reedville for their chance to take part in the Firecracker 5k run on Saturday, July 1. Participants included children, families, bikers, mothers with strollers, and even individuals in their 70’s. The top time…

Tuesday January 17, about a dozen people gathered at Light of Christ Anglican Church near Heathsville for an all day training course on youth mental health first aid. The course was given by personnel of the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board. It included a thick book on…

Tuesday January 17, about a dozen people gathered at Light of Christ Anglican Church near Heathsville for an all day training course on youth mental health first aid.

The Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham’s monthly networking brunch certainly served its purpose Thursday. Carolyn Costello of “Wheels for the World” was there to talk about that ministry which provides refurbished wheelchairs to people around the world who need but cannot afford them. Tho…

The Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham’s monthly networking brunch certainly served its purpose Thursday.

While most of the Northern Neck citizens were out buying milk and bread to prepare for Winter Storm Helena, some were wondering how they were going to keep warm and find shelter so that they could live to see another day. These were the thoughts of the volunteers and community members behind…

Abilities Abound offers Reiki therapy and other holistic practices  By: Taylor O’Bier What if the remedy for pain and stress was a simple touch? The Japanese technique of Reiki therapy may be the answer to this question and has proven to help stress reduction and relaxation. Abilities Abound…

By Colston Newton Ladies from the Callao Moose Lodge took a walk Saturday. They walked from the Lodge, up to the stoplight in Callao and back again, all to raise money for the national Cancer Society. The walk was the idea of the Moose’s ladies auxiliary and was headed by Tammy Landman. The …

The Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic (NNMFHC) was recognized October 5 for its role in dispensing approximately $7,800,118 in free prescription medication for 3,709 low-income, uninsured patients through participation with the statewide nonprofit Rx Partnership (RxP). The NNMFHC re…

The new Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center at Montross held its grand re-opening on July 11 at its office located at 15394 Kings Highway. MWHC Regional Cancer Center at Montross is staffed by a full on-site radiation care team including a radiation oncologist, radiation therap…

Yvonne Richard resident of Eden Estates addressed the King George Service Authority Board at their June 7 meeting. Richard said that her water is green coming from the faucets, the problem has been also discovered at neighboring homes and in the community pool. Richard brought in a large coo…

Peggy Mothershead, a Westmoreland resident and member of the county’s Ruritan club, has taken part in Relay for Life for 19 years. For the first 10 years she participated as a supporter, that changed nine years ago. Mothershead was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007. “My oncologist…

The former Mid-Rivers Cancer Center in Montross will reopen in the summer of 2016 as the Mary Washington Regional Cancer Center, making radiation as well as other cancer treatments  available in the Northern Neck again. The building is currently undergoing renovations. Montross Town Manager …

Approximately 132 people participated in the Riverside Color Me Healthy 5K in Warsaw on Saturday April 30. Before the race, participants had the opportunity to warm up by doing Zumba with Nikki-Dee Ray from CBS 6 News. The fun family race was just one part of the Richmond County Family YMCA’…

The fifth annual St. Baldrick’s Shave Off took place on March 19 at the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department thanks to Brian Weston who organizes the event each year. St. Baldrick’s was formed in July of 1999 by three men who came up with the idea to shave their heads to show support and s…

Every two minutes, someone in America is sexually assaulted, 80 percent of them are under the age of 30.  An overwhelming percentage of those assaults (80%) are committed by someone the victim knows- a family member, date, neighbor, co-worker or family friend.  Date or acquaintance rape is j…

The Orchard Assisted Living Facility has an aviary program that Deborah Hundley, the facility’s activity coordinator, said is a good source of sensory stimulation for the facility’s residents. The aviary, which is set up like a cabinet, includes 10 Gouldian Finches. “It reminds them of being…

Students in elementary schools throughout Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County have learned some valuable lessons about respecting and caring for their bodies and minds thanks to the DARE program that is taught in each of the schools. Officer Karl Wendell of the Westmoreland County Sheriff…

Students in elementary schools throughout Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County have learned some valuable lessons about respecting and caring for their bodies and minds thanks to the DARE program that is taught in each of the schools.

The sound of a fire truck siren is fun in a parade, but not so in any disaster related event.  The Callao Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) used their sirens in nearly 200 calls last year, putting out fires and keeping the community safe.  All volunteer fire stations depend upon community sup…

This weekend, 611 people took advantage of free dental, vision and medical care provided by Remote Area Medical. The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation hosted the event at Richmond County Elementary School. Among those served, 13.1 percent were children. Over 350 volunteer…

On November 14 and 15 the Richmond County Elementary School parking lot will be opened for people seeking free health care.  Nearly every room in the school will become areas for registration, triage, vision and medical services.  Dental, vision and medical care will be offered on a “first c…

Together with the Northumberland County YMCA and Little League, Delegate Margaret Ransone brought a safety program for young people and those responsible for them to the Y in Heathsville October 21. The program included segments covering self defense, internet and cell phone security, distra…

The Relay for Life held May 30 at W&L High School raised $100,857.54 with the support of 22 outstanding teams. Guest speaker at Westmoreland’s Relay, Flossie Barber, stressed the importance of men and women having a mammogram as early detection is an essential element in treatment. The f…

After spending time in local bands as a drummer, Larry Hinson started his DJ career as “Master Blaster” in 1977.   Larry could be heard somewhere in the Northern Neck area every weekend with his trademark “Let’s Party!” followed by the boom of the bass.  For 32 years Master Blaster used viny…

39.6% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute.  That’s almost four in every ten people.  Either directly or through friends and family, cancer affects nearly everyone in America. The Relay for Life of Lancaster, like Re…

Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital Hosts Town Hall Meeting Participants to learn about Bon Secours services and future plans WHO: •    James Holmes, Jr., CEO, Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital •    Michael Robinson, CEO, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center •    Jill K…

Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. runners took off from the starting line of the Lisa Spiers Memorial 5K.  Kilmarnock Baptist Church organized the event to raise awareness for ocular melanoma. Matthew Tennant, the church’s pastor, said that Lisa Spiers was a member of the congregation, who passe…

When learning a new game, a big sister is a good thing for a little sister to have. With that in mind, a new Big Sister softball program began April 3 when the Northumberland Middle School Lady Indians hosted the program at the Northumberland Middle School practice field. Children ages 4 to …

“A lot of people don’t know what resources are available in the area,” Shirelle Wiggins-Bailey said Friday afternoon at the second community health resources fair she’s organized.  This fair, held in Warsaw, allowed members of the community to visit and speak with representatives from organi…

“It’s been a learning experience.  It’s been busy but definitely worth it.  Seeing patients achieve their goals is what every therapist aims for,” said Dr. Merthia Haynie, owner of Abilities Abound Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Callao.  Abilities Abound recently celebrated its firs…

On Friday, April 10, professional golfer Brenda Mayer will conduct a golf clinic at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. The hour-long session begins at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at RWC’s Chesapeake Center, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington. Mayer is the Assistant Golf Professional at Indian Cr…

The Northumberland Family YMCA recently honored Edith Withers as Volunteer of the Year.  She was recognized at the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA’s Annual Dinner held in Hampton Virginia, by YMCA CEO Danny Carroll and YMCA COO Stacia Roeth. “Edith’s dedication to the community shows every day t…

“I can truly see your eye reacting to the light there in the cafeteria,” the robot said as she zoomed in on a man’s eye.  “I can do the same thing to your other eye to make sure they are reacting the same way. That’s one of the big pieces of a neurologic exam.” The

Under the theme, “You Can Run a 5K Too,” the Northumberland Family YMCA in Heathsville, has invited first-time participants age 18 and up to join a training program, called “Couch to 5K.”  The goal is to be physically fit to enter the Earth Day 5K, sponsored by the Northumberland Assn. for P…

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital conducted training recently to prepare for any potential Ebola threats in the community.   “Just as we rehearse during our mass casualty drills, practicing for unexpected or unusual situations, we regularly evaluate and update protocols as community health sit…

Essex County could soon be bidding farewell to the long-standing non-profit Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad as a standalone organization. The board of supervisors is considering a merger that would later this year combine the volunteer agency and Essex County Emergency Medical Services (…

A helping hand has embraced the lower part of Northumberland and its residents in need of physical therapy. After having seen patients that were coming from as far as Reedville to Belfield Physical Therapy in Warsaw, Brian Belfield, D.P.T., has expanded his business to include a clinic in th…

Last Thursday, Northumberland County Democrats learned about Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s services and costs, as well as the challenges faced by volunteer first responders in the county. The rescue squad’s newly elected captain Joe Schlatter said his organization was in strong need of…

Last Thursday, Northumberland County Democrats learned about Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s services and costs, as well as the challenges faced by volunteer first responders in the county.

There will be no emergency situations for local volunteer firefighters and emergency workers as far as healthcare requirements are concerned. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) announced that volunteer emergency service workers will not be required to be counted as full-time equivalent …